This Week in the California Budget

July 8, 2011
Health Forum: Governor Signs 2011-2012 Budget(external link)
From our partners at CPEHN. Details on the budget and how it affects health and human services.

May 17, 2011
State Boards: An Outpost for Termed-Out Lawmakers and Political Aids(external link)
People asking about government waste? This might be what they mean....

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May 17, 2011
Mission Viejo OKs pension reform, employee raises(external link)
"Pension reform" has been on a lot of lips recently. Here's a city in Orange County that's taking steps to adjust pension: it's now a lower percentage of pay and it starts five years later.

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May 13, 2011
Google Map of all the parks in California that are set to close(external link)
Done by KQED, this is just alarming.
Read the full list of closures on the California State Park website(external link)

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May 10, 2011
California Teachers: Textbooks, Not Tax Breaks(external link)
Teachers are rallying in Sacramento this week for a State of Emergency action-week. Learn what thir doing and some alarming stats about education in California.
Did you know California educates 1 in 8 American students who get a public education?

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April 25, 2011
It's a Jungle Out There: Income Inequality, Taxation and Economic Justice(external link)
Thoughts on the Common Good and the disproportionate income distribution in America from former Republican Party officer Michael Stafford.

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April 7, 2011
State leaders take budget message to the road(external link)
Legislators taking the budget show on the road! What do you predict will happen next?

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March 31, 2011
Jerry Brown faces tricky budget options(external link)
Now that the race to schedule a June election is over and out the window, what are our next options? What do you think is the best plan B? What do you think about the process?

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March 25, 2011
Prop 13 and the endless loop California is stuck in(external link)
An excellent, engaging, short article about post-Prop 13 California, how it changed our structure, and how everyone deals with it. A MUST READ!

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March 25, 2011
Senate pro-tem Steinberg gives an update on the budget negotiations. A short video.
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March 24, 2011
Why it's time to cut out the budget middlemen(external link)
A quick outside-the-box idea: Dems can't make a decision without a sign-off from the unions. GOP follows the guidance of Grover Norquist. Should we cut out the legislators/middlemen?

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March 21, 2011
Short Video
Governor Brown checks in with the People of California(external link)
Jerry Brown makes a direct appeal for Californians to tell their representative to "Let California Vote"

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March 17, 2011
California Legislature Passes Deep-cuts Budget(external link)
Didn't see much luck o' the Irish this past Thursday, when the California Legislature took out some large parts of Brown's budget plan, like redevelopment and the tax extension, to pass a cuts only budget, this was accomplished largely with our Republican support.

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March 18, 2011
Gov Brown Announces Additional Business Support to Let Californians Vote(external link)
Put this up here because of this quote from the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce:
Though the Santa Monica Chamber does not necessarily support the tax extensions themselves, our members have affirmed that the statewide economic impact of such a decision is significant enough to warrant a vote of the people.

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March 18, 2011
Brown Focuses Pursuit on Four Republicans as Tax Question Hangs(external link)
An update on current relations between Brown and Republican legislators, the California Republican Party convention this weekend, and some details on the hotly debated proposed tax extensions.

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